With Alex Kennedy bringing up the Knicks are potentially interested in acquiring Jared Dudley, let’s take a look if there is a deal that makes sense for both teams.
First thing to remember is this trade has to work from both teams’ perspectives. It’s well known the Suns were seriously interested in taking Iman Shumpert in the 2011 NBA Draft, but decided to go with Markieff Morris.
The Suns aren’t going to want to add any money on their cap in the near future. Phoenix is looking to keep cap space open to be able to take on extra money in trades or for free agency. If they are trading Jared Dudley, who is arguably their best asset, unless it’s apart of a bigger package that reels in a number one scoring option, their not clogging up their cap.
According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, the New York Knicks have interest in Phoenix Suns shooting guard, Jared Dudley. Kennedy doesn’t mention any potential offer the Knicks would present to the Suns, nor does he confirm the Knicks have had internal discussions of a swap. All Kennedy says is that the Knicks are interested in Dudley.
In a realistic world, the only player the Knicks have that would interest the Suns is Iman Shumpert. If you turn back the clocks to this past summer, the Suns showed interest in Iman Shumpert in a potential Steve Nash sign-and-trade. I could see the Knicks dangling Shumpert for Dudley and a first round draft pick, which, in my mind, would be a pretty attractive deal for both sides.
Now, Shumpert is one of my favorite Knicks, but if this trade presented itself, I’d likely accept it. Here are some quick thoughts: